Enjoyed after a big CA Cab so nothing formal except that the Viognier aromatics lift this red up and your senses take notice. At this stage in perfect balance. Not the massive fruit when young that was in conflict with the tannins. Can drink alone but is at a perfect point to pair with food. Have one more left and cant wait to make this bottle the showcase.
Popped and poured. It's been over 2 1/2 years since I had a bottle of this vintage. Today it is much lighter that previous notes and a bit fruitier. Nice drinking wine but fell short of a Buty Beast Syrah Clone (2010).
Dark and opaque but not inky. Fresh, medium intensity nose, blackberry and cherry fruit, pure, not jammy, some hints of meat, brus. Fresh and medium bodied on the palate, juicy, with fine dry tannins, lots of cherry, berry acidity, not overly deep or complex, but works well with my pork chop in a red wine, dried mushroom reduction. Very tasty, and very well balanced, but I wished for some more character.
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